Daily Devotion Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Perfect in unity
The community of God's sons, though diverse in ministry calling, is called to live and work in harmony and fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and with one another. That is what Jesus meant when He prayed that His disciples would be made perfect in unity. The Greek word translated 'in unity' literally means 'into a unit'. Jesus was saying that they were to become part of one body, in Him. The effect of this upon the world would be that their hearers would understand that the Father had sent the Son into the world as His messenger, and that the Father loved those who received His word through the Son. They would know that the Father loved them as much as He loved His only begotten Son. This is the central message of the gospel.
We are to receive the love of God, and to participate in the fellowship of Yahweh as a member of the body of Christ. This will be our expression of eternal life ? forever. This is the full explanation of what it means to know God and Jesus Christ, God's Messenger. The Father sent Him to bring us the word of the Father, telling us that He had predestined, before creation, that we should be His sons. Jesus prayed, 'This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.'
To conceive of eternal life as something other than this is a great error. Sadly, there are many Christians who do not understand eternal life, nor the fellowship of love that God desires for them to join. However, as the Lord illuminates our hearts, and we are being built into the body of Christ, we are being equipped to share this good news with those who are seeking the truth.
|Joh 17:3,23 1Jn 4:16 Rom 12:4-5 1Co 10:17|
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|1 Corinthians 12||Proverbs 22|